Shamrock Chips/Flat bread are a quick and easy snack , perfect for St. Patty’s Day celebrations.Easily baked or cooked on a skillet, this fusion dish, goes very well with any dip ( think of a pot of gold dip) or an Indian curry.
The Back Story
Growing up in a different country and moving to the U.S a few decades ago,St.Patty’s Day was all new to me.The first time, I heard about St.Patty’s Day was when my kid came back from kindergarten one day. When asked how the day in school went, replied,”Oh, we had fun trying to catch Leprechauns”.Having never heard of them before, I thought it was some kind of a gecko/garden lizard and was wondering why the teacher sent them to catch geckos.
The story got even more interesting when he continued on how they colored everything green in their class, that was when I actually learnt about St. Patty’s Day. Since then we have made it part of our celebrations too each year, be it with food or watching parades or joining in the merriment of the events itself.
A bit of history
“St. Patrick was born in the fourth century in Britain and as a teenager was kidnapped and brought to Ireland. He was later released but returned to Ireland as a missionary to tell the pagan nation about God. It is said that, he used a three leaf clover to explain the trinity to the people.
Some historians believe that he passed away on March 17th. To celebrate the life he led there are over 100 parades held on March 17th in the United States.”
Significance of Leprechauns
Leprechauns are believed to be mischievous folklore creatures that are two feet tall.They are shoe making fairies and are always wearing green. They can be heard by the sound of their hammering and are believed to have hidden away a pot of gold.
The belief is that if one catches a leprechaun, they are bound to show you their hidden gold.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it is believed that these mischievous characters visit homes to create mischief.
What does the leprechaun do??
- Leaves chocolate gold coins for the kids to find.
- Turns the toilet water green.
- Leaves toys out on the floor.
- Leaves a tray of shamrock chips …..and so the story goes.
Would spotting these mischievous creatures lead us to our pot of gold?
Little children, love these stories and so was mine.The joy of finding the Leprechaun was written all over his face, when he came home that day.
For immigrant parents like us, we learn the traditions of country through our children and soon enough make it a part of our celebrations too.
We learn more about these traditions from friends and neighbors around us through each passing year and soon enough join in the spirit of joy and celebrations, be it in parties or parades.
A four leaf clover
Finding a four leaf clover is considered a lucky charm among the Celtics.They believed it wards off evil spirits and helps the one who carries it with them, experience a bit of Paradise.
The kindergarten teacher must have made quite an impact with her stories about the Celtics, amidst the children, I remember how my little one those days searched for a four-leaf clover all the way from our walk to the park and back. He wanted to gift me the lucky charm.Innocent and sweet are the memories made with the stories they learnt in school about St. Patty’s Day celebrations.
Since then these Shamrocks, have been close to my heart, who would have thought there is a story behind a little leaf ?
The Shamrock Chips/Flat bread Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories150
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 8g 13%
- Saturated Fat 5g 25%
- Cholesterol 24mg 8%
- Sodium 108mg 5%
- Potassium 359mg 11%
- Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
- Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
- Sugars 12g
- Protein 8g 16%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
The Bottom Line
This fusion dish, the Shamrock Chips/Flat bread was born out of a little curiosity and lots of fun, to wed the Indian roti /flat bread with the Irish chips.
So I baked some chips in the oven and cooked the flat bread on a skillet.
The end result, the Shamrock chips were thin and crispy and could be stored for 3-4 days in airtight containers. The Shamrock roti’s/flat bread was soft and fluffy and could be had immediately with a spicy curry. Either way, our St. Patty’s Day party was a hit!
Want to give our ShamrockChips/Flat bread a try? Do share your feedback in the comments section below when you do, we’d love to hear how it turned out for you!
No Indian Thali is complete without a flat bread. Learn to make this fusion flat bread with an Irish charm. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you roll your Shamrock Flat bread to celebrate on St. Patty's Day this year!
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